One of my favourite pastimes is chasing storms around the region. I’ve been known to take a drive for a few hours just to see a bit of lightning and hear the boom of some thunder. It both excites me and relaxes me. The smell of ozone in the air and the cooling rains that flow in, calm me.
Combined with my photography, storms are at the forefront of my mind come spring and summer.
This post has a few of my favourite shots from over the past few years with some descriptions of where they were shot.
Looking west from Stockdill Dr, Holt. A front moves through with heavy rains and a short lived storm.
Looking north-west towards MacGreggor from the National Arboretum. A large and powerful gust front and very heavy rains move in from the west.
The Corkscrew. Horse Park Drive, Gungahlin, looking east.
Just outside Crookwell, NSW, mammatus clouds form after the storm. There were more to come later that evening.
A star filled background to a very active storm just north of Cooma, NSW. Shot from Stockdill Drive, Holt.
Winter rains from Lake Burely Griffin.
Darkening clouds as the storm approaches from the north. Jaramlee Stud, Dunlop
Rainbow over Lake George, NSW.
Lightning behind the house on the hill. Dog Trap Rd, NSW. South of Murrumbateman.
Light rains fall at sunset. Strathnairn Gallery and Residence, Stockdill Rd, Holt.
Parkwood Road, (technically NSW). Near MacGreggor.
Barton Highway, south of Murrumbateman, NSW
Lightning crawler. End of Stockdill Drive looking west.
Gust front following the Barton Hightway back to Canberra. 3 shot panorama.
Another gust-front. Parkwood Road near Ginninderra Falls.
Mammatus clouds, Parkwood Road.
Cloud to Cloud (CC) lightning, Parkwood Road.
Lightning over Weston Creek. John Gorton Drive.
Telstra Tower framed by lightning. Top of Stockdill Road.
Stockdill Road, Holt.
Rarely seen in Canberra, an Arcus (roll) Cloud. Shot from the viewing platform at Telstra Tower.